(3 syl.). A people of Ethiopia, south-east of Egypt. Remains
of their cave dwellings are still to be seen along the banks of the
Nile. There were Troglodytes of Syria and Arabia also, according to
Strabo. Pliny (v. 8) asserts that they fed on serpents. (Greek, trogle, a cave; duo, to get into.)
“King Francois, of eternal memory ... abhorred these hypocritical
snake-eaters.” —Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (Ep. Ded. iv.).
A person who lives so secluded as not to know the current events of
the day, is so
self-opinionated as to condemn everyone who sees not eye to eye
with himself, and scorns everything that comes not within the scope of
his own approval; a detractor; a critic. The Saturday Review introduced this use of the word. (See above.
Miners are sometimes facetiously called Troglodytes.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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